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Writer(s): Michael Jan Friedman
Artist(s): Pablo Marcos
Publisher: DC Comics
Editor(s): Robert Greenberger
Series: DC TNG volume 2 #1
Published: October 1989
Pages: 22
Stardate: 42305.7 (2365)

All new missions where no one has gone before

SummaryEdit

The USS Enterprise-D arrives at the planet Raimon. The inhabitants have a ritual where they hold a celebration before death, with the dying person as the guest of honor. Captain Jean-Luc Picard has been called by name to Raimon for the death celebration of the PriMarch of Raimon, Sarlis Gaspadral. Because of this, the Captain decides to lead the diplomatic contingent to the planet, despite the misgivings of Commander William T. Riker. Picard reminds Riker that not only has he been called, and therefore it would be an insult to send someone else, but that he also has experience with the Raimonians, as he attended the death celebration for the last PriMarch. They agree that Captain Picard will go, and Commander Riker will accompany him, so as to "get a taste" of Raimonian politics, and to re-assure him of the Captain's safety.

In a holographic wrestling room, Lieutenant Geordi La Forge and James McRobb watch as Lieutenant Worf is locked fighting the skeletal opponent from the Klingon calisthenics program. McRobb is very impressed by Worf's performance, and laments the fact that he feels he could not face such an opponent, hologram or not. McRobb wishes he could, for once, take action with his body rather than just his mind. La Forge reminds him that he has a mind others would give anything to have.

In the transporter room, Captain Picard places Lieutenant Commander Data in charge during his absence. He offers to take Dr. Katherine Pulaski down to the surface as part of the diplomatic contingent, but she kindly declines, reminding the Captain about how she does not like to use the transporter for anything. Riker suggests that Picard will be looking forward to seeing the PriMarch again, and while Picard agrees, he admits that they were not exactly "friends". The one friend he had from his previous visit was a five year old girl.

In the wrestling chamber, McRobb decides to try his hand at fighting the skeletal opponent. He is quickly defeated, and leaves bruised, physically and mentally.

On the surface, the diplomatic contingent arrives at a crowded and active celebration. They are confronted by Lord Tardol, who is surprised the Picard came at all. He passes on that things are changing Raimon, and is of the belief that offworlders will soon not be welcome, and is clear that he feels Picard is not welcome. They are then greeted by a lovely Raimon woman named Lutina Gaspadral (daughter of the PriMarch), who is the same one that had befriended Picard as a young girl. To Picard's surprise, not only did she still remember him, but she still carried with her a model he had given her of his old ship, the USS Stargazer.

Upon arriving at his room to rest for the night, Picard is met by a Raimonian who claims to have orders to bring him to the PriMarch. He proceeds to go with the Raimonian to the PriMarch's summer residence, though he is suspicious of whether the man is telling the truth. Entering the residence, he finds it to be empty, except for the PriMarch. He goes to talk to the elderly man, only to find he is dead, and Lord Tardol attempting to flee the scene.

Suddenly, security forces arrive, and they are both charged with the murder of the PriMarch...

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Stop -- both of you! You are charged with the murder of the PriMarch!"

- Raimonian security forces, speaking to Jean-Luc Picard and Lord Tardol

Background InformationEdit

  • This is part one of a story that is finished in the next comic, "Murder, Most Foul"
  • The Morse code-like technique used for shading on the cover was a means to translate half-tones from photo references. Artist Jerome K. Moore was influenced by illustrations he saw in a telephone book. [1]

CreatorsEdit

CharactersEdit

Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in DC TNG volume 2 characters.
Jean-Luc Picard 
USS Enterprise-D captain.
William T. Riker 
Enterprise-D exec.
Worf 
Klingon Enterprise-D security chief.
Geordi La Forge 
VISOR-sighted Enterprise-D chief engineer.
Katherine Pulaski 
Enterprise-D surgeon.
Miles O'Brien 
Enterprise-D transporter chief.
Wesley Crusher 
Enterprise-D Conn Officer.
Data 
Android Enterprise-D operations officer.
Deanna Troi 
Half-Betazoid Enterprise-D counselor.
James McRobb 
Enterprise'-D assistant chief engineer
Sarlis Gaspadral 
The dying PriMarch of Raimon
Lord Tardol 
A powerful Raimon, and one hostile to offworlders
Lutina Gaspadral 
Daughter of the PriMarch Sarlis Gaspadral

ReferencesEdit

PriMarch of Raimon 
The highest political figure on Raimon
Raimon 
Homeworld of the Raimonians
Raimonians 
Species with unusual death ritual
Sanctavia 
A city on Raimon
USS Stargazer 
The ship commanded by Captain Picard on his last visit to Raimon

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